1712 in music
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The year 1712 in music involved some significant events.
- March 18 – Georg Philipp Telemann arrives in Frankfurt to take up his new post as city director of music and Kapellmeister at the Barfüsserkirche.
- March 25 – Approximate date of the première of Johann Sebastian Bach's St Mark Passion pastiche at the chapel of Wilhelmsburg Castle (two movements by Bach).
- September – George Frideric Handel re-locates to London, with the permission of his patron, the future King George I of Great Britain.
- Johann Georg Pisendel joins the court orchestra at Dresden.
- Barthold Heinrich Brockes – Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus
- Henry Carey – Setting of "The Lord My Pasture Shall Prepare" (hymn) by Joseph Addison
- Benedetto Marcello – Sonatas for Recorder and Basso Continuo
- Francesco Maria Veracini – Il trionfo della innocenza patrocinata da S. NiccoI (oratorio)
- André Campra – Idomenée
- George Frideric Handel – Il Pastor Fido
- John Hughes (1677-1720) and Johann Ernst Galliard (d. 1747) – Calypso and Telemachus (opera)
- Antonio Lotti – Porsenna
- January 17 – John Stanley, composer and organist (died 1786)
- January 24 – Frederick II of Prussia, enthusiastic amateur musician and composer (died 1786)
- January 26 – Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer and head of a musical dynasty (died 1781)
- June 28 – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, polymath (died 1778)
- July – John Hebden, musician and composer (died 1765)
- date unknown
- probable – Kane O'Hara, playwright and musician (died 1782)
- April – Lambert Chaumont, organist and composer (born c.1630)
- April 29 – Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, composer
- August 7 – Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau, organist at Halle (born 1663)
- August 26 – Sebastian Anton Scherer, composer (born 1631)
- September 30 – Johann Michael Zächer, composer (born 1649)
- November 6 – Johann Bernhard Staudt, composer (born 1654)
- date unknown
- probable – Carlo Ambrogio Lonati, violinist, composer and singer
- Richard Wigmore, "Handel conquers London". Gramophone, 10 August 2012. Accessed 22 February 2013
- "Document: Songs in the opera of Calypso & Telemachus". University of Rochester. Retrieved 2007-08-16.